WebPT Blog - technology for physical therapists
Jun 27, 2012| by Charlotte Bohnett
WebPT bloggers Lindsay Bayuk, Charlotte Bohnett, and Erica Cohen co-wrote today’s post.
Video games are no longer the exclusive pastime of teenage boys. Now, interactive and health-centric videogame software allows people of all ages to stay fit, improve range of motion, and battle out a seriously competitive game of Wii Tennis—all from the comfort of their living room.affordable physical therapy software, best practices, Kinect, motion gaming, physical therapy, PT best practices, technology, technology for physical therapists, video games, Wii
May 18, 2012| by Charlotte Bohnett
As a small business, there are tons of apps, websites, and digital tools you can use to help you manage, market, and grow your practice. Here, I break down nine small biz wonders to aid you and your clinic.
If you’re not yet on LinkedIn, it’s officially time to sign up. LinkedIn is the ultimate networking site. You can communicate with physicians and customers, both of which can provide great feedback, reviews, and referrals. From winning business and raising capital to discovering best practices and giving advice, there are a myriad of other ways you can use LinkedIn, all for free.
Now the third most popular social media network, Pinterest takes brainstorming to a whole new level. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. You set up categorical “boards,” and then “pin” webpages to each one. Everything you “pin,” others can see and re-pin to their own boards, and vice versa. From planning new clinics to organizing exercises, PTs are using Pinterest. In fact, PediaStaff has a weekly “Pinterest Pin for Discussion” series in which they present a problem and users brainstorm a solution via a Pinterest board.
PartnerUp focuses on the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs. On this message board-style site, you can find business partners, post help wanted/volunteer ads, and get answers to business (or PT) questions. Doing a simple search for “physical therapy” brought up numerous PT discussion forums, users, and businesses, all ready to connect with you.
May 14, 2012| by Erica Cohen
As the war between Apple-ites and PC-ers rages on, it’s easy to get caught in the middle. If you’ve already put your stake in the ground, no snarky web images, clever TV commercials, or humorous print ads are going to sway you. But if you’re a computer newbie or looking for a change, the competing messages can be more than a little overwhelming.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve probably been inundated by the Mac vs. PC personas—Mac is the cool kid, pretty boy, hipster, hacker, designer (think ripped jeans and a t-shirt) where PC is the grown up, serious, focused, business-minded analyst (think three piece suit and, just maybe, a paisley tie).
Kelly Ford, Content Lead for Hunch, Inc., examined differences between Mac and PC people in their self-professed aesthetic preferences, media choices, and personality traits in her article “Mac vs PC People: Personality Traits & Aesthetic/Media Choices.”
May 2, 2012| by Lindsay Bayuk
We've seen that patients data privacy and liability are two top concerns for PTs as they relate to the adoption of cloud-based EMR systems. Typically there is concern about information getting “hacked” online. We’re here to tell you there’s no need to worry. Cloud computing can actually make your dreams come true.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has released a report on HIPAA violations last year. Michael Koploy from Software Advice shared this data with us and crunched some numbers:
- 6,800 paper records that were supposedly mailed but never received
- an impostor posing as a recycling-service employee stealing over 1,300 individuals’ records and films
- a laptop stolen by a former employee that contained personal health records of over 50,000 patients
As Michael concluded in his article “HHS Data Tells the True Story of HIPAA Violations in the Cloud,” hacking electronic records is not the major concern for “stealing” patient data. The real problem? Medical professionals losing their hard drives or lost paper records. Is inadvertently leaving your laptop in an unlocked car a potential risk? Sure. It’s more of a risk than someone hacking data hosted in the cloud. Patient data stored in a secure cloud environment is safer than paper records or even local devices.electronic medical records, emr in the cloud, HIPAA, technology for physical therapists, Web-Based EMR